Warning: mamahood could cause depression
Of late, we have all been under additional pressure, as school has ramped up (probably extracurricular activities too). The weather might also have something to do with it; while it has still been lovely and mild, the cool air lets us know that winter is ahead. Sometimes, though, it is just a plain hard period, regardless of season. The tension of the day-to-day juggle can lead to feelings of intensity, symptoms of depression. An urbanMama recently emailed, seeking your advice and suggestions:
I have two kids in diapers, my husband and I just adopted a new work schedule two months ago. He works 4 days a week, I work the other 3 days of the week (all ten hour days) That leaves us zero time as a family. Lately I am crying constantly. My three year old asks "What's wrong Mommy?" and my 19 month old just screams his head off. I love them dearly, but this new schedule is killing us and add to that the wet windy winter weather. I am going to see my doctor tomorrow, I am going to do my best even if it IS against my nature to ask for help. I am going to start taking my fish oil, try to eat more protein, all those things I know I should be doing...if I can just stop sobbing uncontrollably for a day or two.
So I ask of you, wise mothers of Portland a question two-fold: Those of you who have faced depression head on...What worked for you? And I need to laugh, I need great book suggestions re: raising kids and family, please!